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“amazing views from this Heritage "Toy" Railway”

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We travelled as a group go 3 (my hubby, myself and my mum) in first class from Ooty to Mettupalaiyum. The scenery and the train are incredible and we were really pleased to have pre-booked this as part of our southern India trip.

Be aware that the carriages are old, (but so historic and authentic) and we were in a compartment with two long bench seats that face each other but they are quite comfortable (each bench seats 4 people). We were sat next to each other along one bench, and in hind sight we would have reserved 2 window seats as the centre bench seats have a restricted view out of the carriage - only the windows adjacent to each bench end opens, the central door window doesn't and ours were incredibly water stained and dirty - so hard to see out of.

That said, we had an amazing trip and met some lovely people in our carriage. The highlight was definitely the steam engine taking us from Coonoor onto the terminus.
A great trip and I'd do it again!

Thank supernurse10
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Most of the trains in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway start from Ooty. At the other end, there is Mettupalaiyam. But there are a few trains from Coonoor to Ooty too.The journey is a beautiful one -- so much so that it would be quite futile to describe in words. We went in the second week of March; less crowds and lovely weather greeted us everywhere. We went by the morning train to Coonoor and returned by the 4pm one.
This trip is an absolute must for those people visiting either Ooty or Coonoor. Those coming via Coimbatore have to come to Mettupalaiyam (Rail Code MTP) and take the only train at 7.10 am for the 5 hour journey to Ooty (Rail Code UAM). But for people who have come to Ooty either by bus or taxi, the morning 9.15 am train to Coonoor for the one hour and twenty minutes journey is a real deal.
For longer journeys, the second class cars are quite cramped and hence not comfortable. But the shorter journey won't be much of a problem. I am saying this because the first class tickets tend to fill up fast, especially during the holiday season.
The difference between the first and second class is in terms of seating space -- 4 sitting instead of 5.
Instead of commenting more, I would rather let some pics do the talking.

Thank Apurba20
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A must visit in ooty, ride of lifetime. It is train which has completed more than 100 years of service which passes through breathtaking valley and tunnels. Children and adults enjoy alike. The train takes about an hour to reach coonoor which is a tourist attraction. Only problem is getting the tickets which are limited. I waited for 2 hours for the tickets which is worthwhile.

Thank Dr Chandru K
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

If you manage to get the ticket then ride is quite picturesque and a must do at Ooty.
Best is to pre book the tickets on irctc to skip long queues.
I would recommend booking general class tickets as their coaches have openable windows unlike first class and are more convenient to take in the view.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I don't need to say much as everything has probably already been said. We went to Ooty to take this train ride.

Thank Abhishek K
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